Wastewater Collection Technician I
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority - Fort Pierce, FL

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This is a continued entry-level, semi-skilled position involving routine, manual-type labor in the construction, operation and maintenance of the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority's Wastewater Collection and Lift Station Systems.

Work requires limited judgment and is performed under the direct supervision of a WWCT IV, WWC LS Mechanic, WWCT III, WWCT II and WWC Electrician Electronic Technician, or as designated and is subject to close inspection during progress and upon completion of assigned tasks.

SPECIAL NOTES:
This position is used to advance to a WWCT II after serving twelve (12) months as a WWCT I, provided he/she has demonstrated that he/she has a clear and demonstrable understanding of all the requirements of the position and has received satisfactory annual evaluations. Must have the Superintendent's approval before being promoted.

Essential Job Functions:
(NOTE: There are also secondary functions, which the employee will be required to perform.)

UNDER DIRECT SUPERVISION THE WWCT I SHALL CONTINUE TO LEARN THE PROCESSES INVOLVED IN:

Communication with Supervisors, other employees, other departments, and the general public

Understanding and following quickly and accurately brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Occupational hazards, standard safety precautions, safe work methods, FPUA's Safety Program and related safety devices associated in a utility company.

Entering and working in confined spaces in conformance with the established confined space permit protocol which includes, permitting, documentation of how the job will be completed, identify and take readings of gases before entering the confined space, introduction of fresh air with use of blowers, constant monitoring of air with gas detectors, and proper utilization of retrieval equipment.

Assist WWCT IV, WWCT III, WWC LS Mechanics, and WWC Electrician Electric Technicians with the installation, maintenance and repair of equipment such as pumps, motors, electrical equipment, odor control systems, and flow measurement devices in and around Lift Stations and Force Mains.

Assists in general housekeeping, making necessary repairs and installation of various types of machinery, measuring devices, and pumping equipment associated with lift stations

Assists in cleaning and painting buildings, piping, valves and other equipment as needed

Operates mechanical hand and power tools, including grinders, welding equipment, testing equipment, shop tools, landscape tools, repair tools, pipe threading machine, and mechanical equipment

Learn to identify the noxious gases that are present in a wastewater collection system.

Reporting on-the-job accidents and/or injuries

Open and close trenches.

Inspecting, installing, maintaining, assisting and performing repair work on sewer laterals, cleanouts, and/or mainline connections, valves, clearing stoppages, repairing force mains, performing smoke test and responding to a variety of trouble calls relating to the wastewater collection system.

Proper method of cleaning and disinfecting spill sites.

Inspecting new sewer taps to assure code compliance.

Some basic principles in reading and interpreting as-builts, diagrams, sketches, construction plans, and key maps of underground utilities systems.

Efficiently handling emergencies and multiple tasks simultaneously.

Learning the geographical work area.

Completing accurate daily field reports and required paperwork.

Set up jobsite for Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) as required by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Proper and safe use of equipment, including but not limited to trencher, compactors, testing equipment, pumps, pipe saws, jack and boring equipment, hand tools and other industry related equipment

Continued operation and training in all phases on the TV Vehicles and related equipment and tools, including mixing of grouting material.

Continued operation and training of various cameras, video equipment, PC and keyboard used in the use of TV'ing.

Continued operation and training in all phases on the Sewer Cleaning Machine (Vac-Con) and how to clean lines, vacuum lines and manholes as needed, clear stoppages, and emptying and cleaning tank after usage.

Performing daily vehicle safety checklists before leaving compound in the morning and after returning at the end of the day.

Keeping trucks, tools, and equipment clean and ready for use and assuring that truck is stocked with repair parts as needed to perform daily assignments.

Learning some basic principles of computers.

Assisting other WWC employees as necessary in the operation and maintenance of assigned duties.

Essential Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma

Twelve (12) months as an Apprentice WWCT in the apprentice program, or the equivalent thereof.

Must possess a valid State of Florida Class "B" CDL or the ability to obtain in the first six (6) months of employment

During the first six (6) months of employment the employee will be required to obtain Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT'S) Maintenance of traffic (MOT) certification.

Will be subject to random drug testing per DOT regulations and FPUA rules

Wastewater Collection class "C" Technician certification is desirable

A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
UNDER DIRECT SUPERVISION, THE WWCT I LEARNS TO GAIN SOME KNOWLEDGE AND GENERAL ABILITIES INVOLVED IN THE PROCESSES OF:

Administrative reporting requirements of federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

Practices, methods, heavy equipment, materials, testing equipment, and other industry related tools and equipment associated in construction, operation and maintenance of a wastewater collection system.

Proper use of TV vehicles and all related parts, tools, and equipment used in conjunction with the vehicles and their use.

Infiltration and intrusion and its effect on the system.

The types and properties of sewer line construction.

Sewer layouts, gases encountered and waterflow characteristics.

Proper use of Sewer Cleaning (combination vacuum / high pressure) vehicle and all related parts, tools, and equipment used in conjunction with the vehicle and its use.

General requirements of Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT's) Maintenance of Traffic (MOT).

Geographical work area.

General knowledge of occupational hazards, standard safety precautions, safe work methods, FPUA's Safety Program and related safety devices associated in the construction, operation and maintenance of a wastewater collection system.

Communicating effectively and establishing and maintaining harmonious relationships with Supervisors, other employees, and the general public.

Knowledge of methods, materials and tools used in the repair and maintenance of Lift Stations

Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of Lift Station pumping equipment and related components such as pumps, motors, control panels, Data Flow telemetry systems, portable pumps and portable generators

Understanding and following quickly and accurately brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Efficiently handling emergencies and multiple tasks simultaneously.

Accurately completing daily field reports and other paperwork and records as required.

Accurately reading and interpreting as-builts, blue prints, diagrams, sketches, construction plans, and key maps of underground utilities systems.

Learn to perform a wide variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks.

Learn to maintain good job-related physical condition and health and sufficient physical strength to perform heavy, manual-type labor encountered in the work area within the limits of sound safety practices.

May require announced or unannounced overtime work and the ability to respond to call-out work during non-working hours or emergencies.

Standby duty is required on a rotational basis.

May require shift work on evenings, nights, and weekends.

After proper training may be required to enter and work in confined spaces in conformance with the established confined space permit protocol which includes, permitting, documentation of how the job will be completed, identify and take readings of gases before entering the confined space, introduction of fresh air with use of blowers, constant monitoring of air with gas detectors, and proper utilization of retrieval equipment.

Wear protective personal safety equipment including but not limited to safety glasses, face shields, hearing protection devices, gloves, safety vests, and hard hats, and OSHA approved safety shoes.

Will be required to work in adverse weather conditions to restore service to customers during emergencies.

Will be required to work under difficult and strenuous conditions due to nature of operating underground utilities system.

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